Contact the Burbank Police Department and let them know you are interested in creating a neighborhood watch in your area and coordinate a date and time for them to come speak to you and your neighbors. Create invitations to the meeting and leave them in all the mailboxes on your street. During the meeting, make sure everyone has name tags, provide some light snacks and include some time before or after the police presentation to mingle and get to know your neighbors. This is also a good time to trade contact info in case of emergency.
2. Start a Facebook Group.
Create a private Facebook group for your neighborhood. Invite in only the people you know that live on or around your street. Encourage others that join the group to do the same. The page is a great way to stay in touch whether you’re giving away oranges or old children’s books on your porch, or if you want to let your neighbor’s know of any crime activity going on.
3. If you have small children, host a play date.
Pop up some tables in your driveway, throw out some crafts or activities, do a story time, or just invite them over for a picnic on your front lawn. It’s a great way to meet other parents and give the kids a chance to connect and play. You can invite parents through the Facebook group you created in step 2.
4. Be a National Night Out participant.
National Night Out (NNO) is a nation wide event that encourages neighborhoods to join together as a community and come outside for an evening together on their street in order to create a safer environment through building relationships and connections. First register at the NNO website, and then locally with the city of Burbank. See if any other neighbor’s want to help you plan it. During NNO which falls on a Tuesday afternoon your street will be visited by police cars and fire trucks, where kids can sit inside and take pictures. As the NNO host you will be given safety handouts to present during the event to your neighbors. To encourage your neighbors to come out for the event, drop off invitations in their mailboxes and entice them with fun things during the event. Get creative! Have a kids scavenger hunt, do a barbecue or potluck, invite a food truck, have a face painter or balloon twister, set out ring toss for the kids. Make it an epic party your neighbors will never forget.
5. Enjoy the holidays together!
Do a neighborhood Easter egg hunt, a Fourth of July bbq, place baskets of candies and gifts on your neighbor’s doorsteps during Halloween anonymously and print out “You’ve been booed” signs, do a Secret Santa game, and anything else you can think of to celebrate together.
Once you’ve completed these five steps you have officially turned your neighborhood into a community.